2012 USC Price Academic Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Class Valedictorian
David Bennett

Etzioni Bianchi Community Service Award
Joseph Dombrosky

Emery E. Olson Award
Awarded to the outstanding graduating senior in recognition of excellence in scholarship and leadership potential
Lilian Camille Conover

Lowdon Wingo Prize
Awarded to a student in planning and development for exemplary academic achievement
David Bennett

MHA Awards

Master of Health Administration Outstanding Student Awards
Awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional promise in the areas of service, commitment, leadership, and advocacy

  • In recognition for excellence in service to the Executive Master in Health Administration program:
    James Soriano
  • In recognition for excellence in commitment to the program and field:
    Patrick Gless


  • In recognition for excellence in leadership with the Student Health Council:
    Susan Lam


  • In recognition for her excellence in service:
    Janice Nsor


  • In recognition for his excellence in advocacy:
    Amit Pabla


MPA Awards

2012 Haynes Award for Outstanding MPA Capstone Project
Yinan Li, Eryn Mercer, Irene Nguyen, Christian Port, and Shannon Pournazarian
“Bridging the Gap: Women’s Economic Empowerment”
Client: Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative
Faculty supervisor: Dr. Don Morgan

Dr. Yan Tang Award For An Aspiring Local Government Professional
Awarded to the graduating MPA student who best exhibits the commitment, enthusiasm, and achievement meeting the spirit of service exemplified by Dr. Yan Tang
Preeti Piplani

MPP Awards

Jane G. Pisano Award for Exemplary Community Service
La Mikia Castillo

Robert P. Biller Award for Excellence in the Practicum
Jessie Azrilian, Allison Kwan, Mark Linthicum, and Julia Wolfson
“Creating Healthy Corner Stores: An analysis of factors necessary for effective corner store conversion programs”
Client: Los Angeles Food Policy Council

MRED Awards

Exceptional Performance on the MRED Comprehensive Examination Awarded in Memory of Professor Rena Sivitanidou
Graham Wahlberg

Award for Exemplary Performance in Market Analysis in Memory of Professor Rena Sivitanidou
Michael Gazzano and Scott Scharlach

DJ Moore Award for Exceptional Professional Promise
Doreen Yu

MPL Awards

Gordon Whitnall Award
For outstanding academic achievement in planning
Skye Tirsbier

AICP Award
Awarded to student for outstanding attainment in study of planning
La Mikia Castillo

California Planning Foundation First-Year MPL Student Award
Awarded to first year MPL student recognizing academic achievement and promise
Peter Enzminger

California Planning Foundation Graduating MPL Student Award
Awarded to a graduating MPL student recognizing meritorious achievement in MPL program
Anthony Guardado

Lewis Mumford Award
Most outstanding essay in planning history
Katherine Bray
“Justice and Efficiency in Citizen Participation” (completed as part of PPD 533: History of Planning and Urban Form in fall 2012)

MPL Comprehensive Examination Prize for Outstanding Achievement
Recognizes those who have earned honors on the MPL Comprehensive Examination

  • Economic Development:
    Raabia Budhwani
  • Preservation and Design of the Built Environment:
    Andy Olson
    Marie Sullivan
    Laron Turley


  • Social and Community Planning:
    Hannah Smith


  • Sustainable Land Use Planning:
    Emily Dwyer
    Molly Kraus


  • Transportation and Infrastructure Planning:
    Jiani Li
    Steven Shepherd


Doctoral Awards


John Dyckman Dissertation Award
Awarded to the graduating Ph.D. student in planning who has produced the best dissertation
Sunita Kanabhai Kalsariya
“Governance and Urban Design: Omaha by Design”
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Tridib Banerjee


Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development Best Project Award
Awarded to the DPPD graduate who produced the best project
Carl Erckman Southwell
“A Robust Model for Disaster Risk and Decision Analysis”
Faculty Chair: Dr. Detlof von Winterfeldt